R O B O T T O
2020

The Lost Astronaut temporary public sculpture was installed in Bizottság Square, Szentendre, 
in the summer of 2017. It was the winner of the Ferenczy Museum’s „Home, Homelessness” open call. The astronaut represents a feeling that I have experienced - and probably everyone at least once in a lifetime has felt - that of being lost, and not finding my place in the world. After graduating from the University of Fine Arts in 2012, I needed to see the world and experience the unknown. I moved to London and spent two years there. During that time I often paused and asked myself: where am I, what am I doing here? What comes next? At last I came back to Hungary and, in a way, I found my home again. The figure of the lost astronaut is looking for its place as well, but the question arises: where is home, and what makes home „home”? Today, in a time of mass migration – whether people are fleeing war, or travelling in the hope of better life – the question is more pertinent than ever. But it is also a universal question - we can all find ourselves at a crossroads and pause to ask: what is next? The astronaut, from one angle, symbolizes Hungarians living abroad who, having moved to another country and chosen a new home, may still - like me - feel themselves homeless. Generation Y - to which I belong as well - can also sympathize with this predicament. We go through endless cycles of self- investigation and, even though from time to time we settle down, we keep looking for our place in the world in a never ending process. The definition of home can lose its meaning; it becomes plastic. The sculpture also represents the condition of being a refugee, who suffers from homelessness during a long and arduous jouney and perhaps may never fully arrive home. Everyone can put themselves in the astronaut’s situation: looking for a home but, at the same time, unsure where to find it.